Meet the

Boys in Mind



(he/ him)

Hi my name is Donovan and I was introduced to Boys in Mind by my teacher when I was attending Mendip Studio School.

Representation matters in all things and I know first hand how it helps to be able to talk through worries and concerns with someone you can identify with.

By being asked to participate in the Boys in Mind video series I was able to understand how I can help BiM to make a difference.  After the series I was honoured to be invited on the team as a Youth Advisor.

As an athlete I know that being mentally healthy is as important as being physically fit.  Through Boys in Mind I can share my experiences which might help someone else.

As part of keeping myself fit and healthy to be able to compete in Motorsports I go to the gym daily and follow a wellness program as part of my course at Loughborough College.


(he/ him)

I’ve always had a good understanding about my mental health and how I best cope with the problems I face whether that be playing rugby, reading or performing in a theatre. I found out about Boys in Mind through presentations in school about mental health. The pressures to ‘man up’ is something I have experienced first hand and the opportunity to become a youth advisor and challenge these mental health stigmas is crucial as we show people that’s it’s ok to express themselves and ask for help if they are struggling.

In my free time I like to spend as much time with my family as having a good relationship with my parents and sisters really helps my well being as it gives me a reliable support base.


(she/ her)

I became involved with Boys in Mind through my sixth form, being part of short films about young people’s mental health and solution focused responses. Being a Youth Advisor for Boys in Mind has helped me massively with my own mental health, to feel less isolated and more confident in who I am. It’s given me an empowering way to create change and release a lot of guilt I’ve felt in the past when unable to help people I love severely struggling with their mental health. 

In my free time I enjoy hiking, baking and reading and going to music concerts


(she/ her)

Since a very young age, I have struggled hugely with my mental health, specifically severe anxiety and panic disorder from PTSD and confidence issues. In the early stages, I understood very little about why I was feeling the way I did, so much so I couldn’t let anyone know I needed help because I didn’t understand that I needed it myself.

It wasn’t until recently I began to really understand how best to manage my anxiety and panic attacks. Through my friends sharing their experiences and my own research, I am now better equipped to be just as confident living with anxiety as I am living with Cerebral Palsy. 

Since I saw a BiM film for the first time aged just 13, I have been inspired hugely to educate people more about mental health, and my hope is that I can use my experiences to not only help others, but to help normalise and encourage much needed conversations about mental health, and squash the stigma that surrounds wanting to access support. 

In my spare time I love going on beach walks with my dogs (especially at sunset), spending time with my friends and family, and long drives with my favourite spotify playlist.


(she/ her)

“I’ve always been incredibly passionate about supporting individuals with mental health difficulties, especially in regards to my own experiences with anxiety, OCD and depression. The opportunities that my work between CAMHS and Boys In Mind give me means I can further my experiences and discussions surrounding mental health stigma and be involved in making sure the right support is in place. In this regard, the role of youth-led organisations are at the front lines of this mental health revolution. 


In dedicating myself to this, I aim to live more for small actions, and enjoy baking, cooking, listening to music in my spare time. I enjoy experiences, such as the time I spent with friends doing themed events and challenging ourselves, and I enjoy escapist materials such as reading, writing and watching films and TV shows.”


(he/ him)

I was once a young boy who grew up around a culture where mental health didn’t matter.  I now as a young man have grown up to see mental health is everything. As I was struggling with mental health mainly in secondary school I started to look for hobbies to do and I found rugby as my gateway to happiness.


(he/ him)

My name is Preston I am 11years old and a new Youth Ambassador. I am currently at Ralph Allen School .I have only just joined Boys in Mind, but I did some filming when I was at Combe Down Primary School  in Year Six and really enjoyed it. The filming was about how how children can communicate better with adults and know they are being heard. I feel the work Boys in Mind  does will be very beneficial to myself and others and I’m looking forward to this journey and being a part of the team. 


(he/ him)

Hi, I’m Ed. I got involved with Boys in Mind through a close family friend, after getting to know about the aims and overall message of the charity . I felt like this was something I wanted to be a part of and somewhere I felt I could positively influence those around me. Boys in Mind looks to create change in stigmas surrounding mental health. I chose to come onboard as I believe I can help change to come about in a healthy way through advising with perspective.

Outside of all of this, I enjoy spending much of my time being with friends and doing sports (especially tennis)


(she/ her)

My hope for our future is that we can provide a safe place for people to be open and vulnerable with their feelings. I hope I can be there for people as much as they were for me when I needed it; Boys In Mind makes that possible and I am honoured to be a part of this wonderful movement. I have worked very hard to get to where I am today and I wholeheartedly believe that anyone can become the best version of themselves with a little bit of luck and the right people around you. 

I now live confidently with anxiety and depression and they do not hold me back anymore, although the journey to get here was hard I wouldn’t change a thing as the knowledge I’ve gained as a result is invaluable.

I’m hoping to continue this work into university where I will study criminology which will enable me to be creative and involved with all young people from all different backgrounds. 


(he/ him)

I’m Will and I’m 10 years old and a Primary Champion for Boys in Mind (BiM) and at St Stephens School. I have a passion for BiM and value my engagement in helping challenge discrimination and promoting positive mental health . I have loads of  hobbies and having a good game of cricket and seeing my friends/family will always spark me up!


I love seeing young people aspire and rise to what’s right. I am challenging and bringing awareness to give everyone the mental health and resources that they need. Overall BiM is what I’ve been looking for and would highly encourage everyone to know you can always speak and be heard whenever and wherever.


(he/ him)

I’m Finn and I’m in Year 7 at Ralph Allen School.  I’ve been working with Boys in Mind for 4 years. I was their first Primary Champion and I am very proud to have been recently promoted to Youth Advisor for the charity.  

Boys in Mind is important to me because I want to help people know how to open up about how they feel and that’s exactly what Boys in Mind does. When I first got involved, I wasn’t very confident, but the experience has made me feel better about myself and my confidence has grown so much.  

I live in Bath with my mum, dad and sister Eva. In my spare time, I like gaming, paddleboarding and being with my friends and family


(he/ him)

My name is Fedi. I discovered Boys in Mind through Otto’s film that we watched in school (around year 10). Although I was not very close to him, like many others in my year, I looked up to him as a role model. When he brought to light all of his hardships it made me realise that you do not need to be ice cold to be a man. I see Boys in Mind as a gateway for young men to empower themselves and understand who they are. More about me as a person; I love being challenged through exercise and learning new things and I care deeply about my friends and family ( I’m a mummy’s boy in simple terms)


(he/ him)

I got into Boys in Mind after losing a very close friend through suicide. I felt this was important as we need to find more ways to get young people talking and being aware of the mental health issues happening and gaining support from each other.

In my free time I enjoy playing football and spending time with friends and family.


(he/ him)

I started getting involved in mental health work after going through difficult family events and coming out as gay. As a student of Beechen Cliff, I got involved in the mental health team, and have spoken about the importance of talking and how it can lead to love and acceptance for yourself and others. It is an honour to be a Youth Advisor for Boys in Mind and I really do feel it is important to break down gender stereotypes, especially those of talking about mental health in boys and men.

Outside of my mental health work, I love to play/listen to music and read fashion magazines!!


(she/ her)

I’m 19 years old and a second year drama student at Rose Bruford College London’s International drama school of theatre and performance.

I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to be involved in Boys in Mind/Girls Mind Too as I believe it gives young people a voice. Young people deserve a safe space where they can encourage and support each other and we can slowly work together to end the mental health stigma.

In my spare time I enjoy singing, dancing and acting, fashion, spending time with my family and friends and fitness as I am training to become a personal trainer.


(he/ him)

I’m Jackson and I’m now a Youth Advisor for Boys In Mind. I am currently at secondary school in Year 8. I have worked with the charity since Year 4 at Primary school, where I was a Primary Champion and then became a youth ambassador.  

I have made many films including; How to start a conversation, Rainbow Food, Outdoor Play and what parents do well to support their children. I have also delivered training to teachers about BIM work. I think BIM is important because it helps young people open up and talk about topics to do with mental well being. 


(he/ him)

I became involved with Boys in Mind when I was in the Sixth Form at Beechen Cliff School in Bath, where I was working to improve mental health outcomes as the Student Lead of the Mental Health Team. The work I have done there has been incredibly rewarding, especially as I recognise on a personal level how difficult it can be for men and boys to seek support in times of need. I am pleased to say that we have made a considerable positive impact at the school.

I am thoroughly enjoying being involved with Boys in Mind, initially in helping to launch the film project, and now as a Youth Advisor, and I plan to continue this at university and spread our work further afield.

In my spare time I am often out walking my two black Labradors. Also, I have a passion for languages and I enjoy playing the guitar and reading.


(they/ their)

I work with Boys in Mind because I think that by giving young people the tools and language to describe and explore their feelings and identities we can push our whole society to be happier and healthier. 

To that end there is no group ive ever seen that better knows how to bring about that change. I feel privileged to work with such an eager, intelligent and sensitive group of young people and professionals. 


(she/ her)

Throughout my career I’ve enjoyed working with young people; from time as a primary school teacher to being a school governor, cooking for specialist diets at a Steiner school and leading workshops at sixth form health conferences.

My enthusiasm for physical therapies (massage, reflexology and aromatherapy) and for nutritious wholesome food have shown me how vital they are to the connection between our physical and emotional bodies.

I enjoy growing food on my allotment, walking, going away in my VW campervan and making and mending things.


(he/ him)

I have been making films for television for over 35 years. I enjoy independent film making, particularly films with a positive environmental or social justice message that can give people hope. More recently I have been making Film Portraits for individuals and organisations.

I love working with new film makers on their individual projects. Passing on knowledge from years of experience and keeping things fun is at the core of all my training.

With my partner Iain we have been foster carers since 2011 and now look after, long term, two fabulous boys of secondary school age. In 2016 I made a series of films about Foster Carers talking about their experiences.

I enjoy learning new subjects, reading, being with family and friends and looking after 3 small dogs.


(he/ him)

I was in education for 33 years, a Headteacher for 15 of those with my last 11 at Combe Down Primary School. I used my geography degree to good effect by going on nearly 50 residential visits across all 5 schools I taught in which opened so many children’s eyes to a wider world. I firmly believe that physical health and mental well-being are crucial in helping to enable young people to flourish and am very pleased to be able to play a role with BiM.

I am a Trustee of Bath based Sporting Family Change and a founder member and President of It’s in the Bag, the Testicular Cancer charity for the South West. Through my voluntary work with both of these charities I can clearly see that giving young people a platform to talk is vital, in particular boys and men.

I am a huge sports fan being a veteran Bath Rugby (and Plymouth Argyle…) supporter and get out and about walking, running, cycling and playing cricket when I can. I love travelling too and if I can go off and explore new places then I will!


(she/ her)

I have worked in the arts for the past 8 years, and also have experience of a PR Marketing comms role. I bring my understanding of the importance of communication and collaboration involved in these roles forward to support the team as Communication Officer for Boys in Mind/Girls Mind Too.

Prior to this I was an Education Officer for young men in social care, involving the engagement of young people in alternative education provisions and working alongside young people to promote best outcomes for learning and well-being. I’ve also been SEN Support to a small group of students with Special Educational Needs, inclusive of one-to-one learning and building strong relationships with young people and enabling students to access education for learning and growth.

I am currently continuing my professional development and I am halfway through a four-year Diploma to become a qualified Counsellor. I have a long-standing commitment to promoting health and well-being for young people. In this light, I feel privileged to have the opportunity to encourage young people to believe in themselves and I wholly support the youth-led philosophy of BIM; working together to provide improve outcomes for young people.

I love nature and the outdoors life aboard my canal boat, as well as music, art and film. I also enjoy yoga, fitness & dance and like to travel when the opportunity arises.


(she/ her)

I was a teacher for over 20 years and then worked as PSHE Lead in Bath & North East Somerset for 18 years, where I helped schools develop E Teams ( Equalities Teams) of children and young people helping staff promote inclusion, celebrate diversity and challenge discrimination.

I love seeing young people getting involved , taking the lead and making a difference.

I enjoy listening to all kinds of music, being out on my bike and spending time with family and friends.


(she/ her)

Working as a Civil Servant, I specialise in business risk and managing transformation, and I’m also a member of the Cabinet Office’s Green Network for Sustainability.

I’ve been lucky enough to work with teams across the third sector, both in the UK and internationally, and I founded and run a charity which has been operating in East Africa for 16 years.

Recently, I completed my Masters degree at Cambridge University, focusing on the economics of vulnerability in riparian communities. I’ve supported NEETs with mental health problems and have delivered programmes for the NHS, housing associations and the DWP, alongside mentoring professionals in stress reduction.

I’m a trainee student Counsellor and have been a Samaritans Listener, a role which emphasised to me just how vital Boys in Mind’s work is. As a mum to a 13-year-old son, a nine-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter, I get to experience the parenting spectrum daily! In my spare time, I’m a registrar and get to marry couples; something that brings me joy. I love being outdoors in the sunshine with friends and family. If I could have any other job, I’d be a meerkat handler.

Jim from Boys in Mind


(he/ him)

I have recently taken on the role of CEO of Boys in mind. I joined BIM in 2017 as part of a steering group with Kate Murphy and we looked at what can we do regarding suicide prevention for boys and young men and BIM took off.

 I have worked in education for well over 20 years and have held a number of specialist roles including PSHE and mental health and emotional wellbeing. I have taught in Primary Schools and currently work in secondary schools in pastoral care.

I am really passionate about improving mental wellbeing.  I believe in and want to develop greater equality and compassion and understanding of our young people, this subject is very personal to me. Personally, I have also experienced the impact of suicide, having my son try to take his own life many times. This highlighted for me the importance of raising awareness of mental health issues, especially in boys and young men who struggle to express their feelings even to those closest to them. 

I love music and play in a few bands. I am also very passionate about growing food to eat.


(she/ her)

I have been a solution focused practitioner for 9 years, having previously been a social worker. I have the absolute privilege to work with children and young people in schools, the community and in my private practice everyday.

  The solution focused approach offers a conversation of hope. It invites children and young people to notice their existing strengths and resources, to believe in themselves, and to believe that change is possible.

  I am so passionate about young people’s mental health and well-being and it is my best hope that I can share the magic of the solution focused approach and invite people to believe  in themselves, to have hope.

  I enjoy running, especially with my cocker spaniel Ozzie. I love being with my family, my husband and my two children. My family are Irish, so regular visits to Dublin and other parts are Ireland are a favourite past time!


(she/ her)

I am a documentary film-maker and I am particularly interested in allowing people who aren’t normally heard to speak for themselves. I like to capture the extraordinariness of ordinary people, and my films have covered many subjects that interest me from dancing to autism, and from adoption to what it’s like being the child of a transsexual father.

Most recently I have worked at Jamie’s Farm, a place where inner city kids get a chance to reflect, renew and determine a new path for themselves. Many have been excluded from mainstream schools and I made a weekly short film about each group during their stay – what the experience had meant to them, what they’d learnt about themselves, and what changes they’d like to make.

I have also begun to write drama scripts and my first film has just been made by Screenology in Bristol. It’s about a young man who has been encouraged to take his own life through a social media website, and his relationship with the man who talks him down.

I have two sons, five grandchildren, and I’m crazy about them, dancing, table tennis and art.


(she/ her)

I have worked with children and young people for the past 18 years initially through my role as play worker and youth leader at Bath Area Play Project. I then worked at Off the Record and, through participation work with young people, developed a Violence against Women and Girls toolkit to be used by teachers in PSHE lessons, this raising awareness of healthy relationships and recognising the early warning signs of abuse.

From there I worked as a family support worker in a women and children’s refuge. I am currently continuing my work with whole families at Bath and North East Somerset Council, providing early help support.

In addition to this I am a Supported Lodgings Provider which  involves providing accommodation and support with independence in my home for homeless young people, many of whom also suffer from low mood as a result of family breakdown or the situation they find themselves in.

Throughout my career I have supported many children and young people who have experienced poor mental health and recognise how this can have a huge negative impact on their daily life.

Personally, I have also experienced the sad loss of my son’s friend through suicide which came as a shock to all who knew him. This highlighted for me the importance of raising awareness of mental health issues, especially in boys and young men who struggle to express their feelings even to those closest to them. As a parent I felt lost at this time and realised there isn’t a lot of support for parents who are having to cope with their children and young people going through such a difficult experience. This was when I wanted to be involved in the BIM team and offer my experience and support to parents and carers.

When I am not supporting others through my job roles, I enjoy reading and yoga.  I also enjoy spending time with my family.  I love relaxing holidays so I too get some down time and look after my own well-being.


(she/ her)

I have worked in the arts for 30 years with performers, artists, craftspeople, filmmakers and have brought this focus to my work in schools over the 15 years. Since having children I have worked in both primary and secondary education and have been a governor in a secondary school for the last 8 years. I am co-founder and designer of Parent Circle, a parent-led, support group for parents and carers, which has been running at Ralph Allen School in Bath since 2012.  Alongside this, I deliver facilitation training for people who work with groups and help organisations tell their stories via social media and other marketing tools.  I am a proud mum of two amazing young men.

I love music and theatre, it’s a real treat to experience live performances. I also love to walk in the countryside or by the sea in all weathers, it’s a joy being buffeted around by the wind on a hill or by the coast! I have recently revisited my art school background and done a life drawing class which was surprisingly enjoyable as I had thought maybe I would have forgotten how to draw! 

Gill from Boys in Mind


(she/ her)

I have worked for Oxford Health NHS FT for the past 8 years, supporting young people who use Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire.

As Participation Lead I ensure that the views and experience of young people informs the way we work. Prior to that I worked for Off the Record, providing advocacy and participation to children and young people with mental health needs as well as children in care.

I’m passionate about young people’s mental health and about their meaningful participation both in decisions that affect their lives and in the design of services they use. I regularly support young people to deliver training and am also a Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer. 

I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, exploring some of the lovely trails around Bath on my bike and visiting unspoilt places around the British isles and further afield


(he/ him)

My background is in publishing, media and marketing and I spent many years in the magazine publishing industry before moving into digital publishing. My role in the team is to manage the website and provide digital support and I am delighted to be part of the team. I feel very strongly about the Boys in Mind strategy and the need to support young people, particularly boys, in dealing with mental health issues by addressing some of the social stigmas attached to seeking help.

As a parent to two grown up sons, I have seen first hand how some young men can struggle alone for years before before asking for help and so I understand how important it is to find ways to encourage young people to reach out and get the help they need.


(she/ her)

As the mother of two amazing sons, I’ve witnessed the sadness of my elder son who, at only 21, has already lost three members of his social circles to suicide in recent years. I’m struck by the fact that, so often, these young men were kind, sensitive and empathic individuals – exactly the sort of people we need more of in this world! I want to be part of a movement which say it’s ok to find life tough at times (who doesn’t?) and it’s definitely ok to ask for support. Boys In Mind is sparking conversations that can be life changing – and life saving. I am very proud to be part of the team!

I have several decades’ experience working in the charitable sector and in my spare time, I love festivals, cooking, watching whales and hill walking in my homeland of Wales.


(she/ her)

I work in the Public Health team in B&NES Council and have a remit around mental health.  Back in 2017 as  a member of the B&NES Suicide Prevention Strategy group I went to Kate Murphy and asked her if we could talk about suicide prevention for  boys and young men and wow look what happened next.  

I am really passionate about improving mental wellbeing.  We all have good days and bad days and sometimes problems can overwhelm us. I find trying to put the 5 Ways to Wellbeing (five-ways-to-wellbeing) into  my life helps keep me on an even keel. Top of my list at the moment are spending time with my two grown up children (when they are around!), plus being with friends.  I play the trumpet in the Fire Service Band which is a laugh and I do lots of walking. 


(she/ her)

I have worked in the public health and social research field for well over 20 years and have held a number of specialist roles including refugee and migrant health, sexual health and mental health and emotional wellbeing. I have developed a particular interest in the health of children and young people and most recently was the Children and Young People’s Health Improvement lead for a local authority .  I love working with young people and with passionate, interesting and creative colleagues  who are enthusiastic about working together to improve outcomes for young people.

In my spare time I enjoy travel, adventure, a good walk, yoga, films and chilling with friends and family. I am delighted to be joining the team as the ‘Girls Mind Too’ lead and look forward to the journey as well as the destination!


(she/ her)

I am the founding director of Mighty Girls CIC – an organisation that runs groups and workshops to empower and support girls and young women.   
I am lucky to work with young people on a daily basis, and am passionate about helping them to recognise their unique skills and talents and to believe in themselves. I am thrilled to join the BIMGMT team.

I love spending time with my family.  I disconnect from work with music – either listening or dancing, or by losing myself in a good book.  I balance the highs and lows of life with regular yoga classes, and love the excitement travelling to new places brings. 

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